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Center for the ArtsCalendar of Events
Night Visions OpenAll month:
Exhibition celebrating the night sky remains open during regular hours.Dark Side of the MoonOct 4:
Middle eastern dance set to Pink Floyd's music - part of the Night Visions
exhibition. 8:00 PM
.Haunting Tales & Spine-Tingling MusicOct 12: Stories To Life
series continues with spooky storytelling and music with symphony quartet. Ages 6 & up. FREE. 4pm.Oct 18:
Guitar legend performs a rare solo concert in Flagstaff. 8PM. See the full GCGS schedule
.Stacy Mark at RadissonOct 23:
Artist Stacy Mark opens new exhibition of paintings at the Radisson Woodlands Cafe with a reception. 8pm. FREE.Steve Roach in ConcertOct 25:
Master of ambiant space music performs his only concert of 2008, with light show. Part of the Night Visions
exhibition. 6PM & 9PM. First show SOLD OUT.
Nov 9: Stories To Life
continues with storytelling by Rose Houk and music from Tony Norris and Bill Burke. Ages 6 & up. FREE. 4pm.Opening ReceptionNov 21: It's Elemental
opens with live music, good food and fun. FREE. 6pm.Eduardo FernandezNov 21:
World renowned classical guitarist performs right after the Elemental reception. 8pm. It's Elemental ExhibitionNov 22 - Dec 20:
9th Annual juried fine crafts exhibition featuring Northern Arizona's finest artists. FREE.
DECEMBERFine Crafts SaleDec 6:
Juried marketplace of fine craft artists from the It's Elemental
exhibition.Holiday Navajo Rug AuctionDec 13:
Fast-paced live Auction returns featuring hundreds of authentic Navajo weavings.
Take advantage of the long fall color season in Northern Arizona and
photograph its beauty with award winning photographer Joel Wolfson.
Joel is a master of available light with 30 years experience and more
than a few "tricks of the trade" to share with participants.
to use light, perspective, exposure, composition design and more to
your creative advantage. You'll also learn about the surroundings we're
photographing from our accompanying naturalist. Includes one lunch as
well as snacks, and beverages.
October 10-12, 2008
|Community Events CALENDAR
|Click on each event to connect to its website for more detailed information.|
More community events at Flagstaff CVB WebsiteArt & Music events at NAU in October
Festival of Sciencethru Oct 5:
FOS '08, "Zoom into Science" continues with lectures, field trips and much more fun.Therizinosaur ExhibitAll month:
Dinosaur exhibition open at MNA.Fall Film Series
Tuesdays in Oct:
Classic films shown at Cline Library.NORAZ Poets FlagSlam
Wednesdays in Oct:
Poetry slam at Applesauce Teahouse 7pm.High Tea with FSO
With new Directors, Elizabeth Schulze and Laura Kelly.Lectures at RiordanOct 3,4,5:
Three slide presentations on Flagstaff area history at Riordan Mansion.
Browse galleries, meet artists, listen to live music. 6pm.First Stop First Friday
Canyon Movement Dance performance.Little Shop of HorrorsOct 3-26:
Fantastical play by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman at Theatrikos.Trappings of the WestOct 4 - Nov 2:
Contemporary art of the American West at the McMillan Homestead.Orchestra Northern ArizonaOct 12:
Smetana: The Moldau and Dvorak: Symphony No 9 in E minor at CCC.
Autumn Star Fest
Celebrate autumn with indoor programs and telescopes set up for viewing at Lowell Observatory.Flag Symphony OrchestraOct 17:
Flutist Marina Piccinini joins the FSO for a performance of the Pied Piper Fantasy by John Corigliano.Harry Potter Science NightOct 18:
Costume contest and Star gazing at Willow Bend Environmental Center.Canadian BrassOct 19:
Chamber Music Sedona presents Canadian Brass.Translucent PhotographyOct 21 - Nov 13:
New exhibition of photographs by Jean Wilder, Reception on Oct 21.Celebraciones de la Gente
Day of the Dead celebration and festival at the Museum of Northern Arizona.Eddie Daniels QuartetOct 26:
Concert presented by Chamber Music Sedona.Rocky Horror Picture ShowOct 30 - Nov 1:
Classic flick has become an annual tradition at Theatrikos.Halloween HarvestOct 31:
Thorpe Park Halloween event for the whole family.
More community events at Flagstaff CVB WebsiteArt & Music events at NAU in NovemberTherizinosaur ExhibitAll month:
Dinosaur exhibition open at MNA.Fall Film Series
Tuesdays in Nov:
Classic films shown at Cline Library.NORAZ Poets FlagSlam
Wednesdays in Nov:
Poetry slam at Applesauce Teahouse 7pm.Rocky Horror Picture Show
Oct 30 - Nov 1:
Classic flick has become an annual tradition at Theatrikos.Cowboy Poetry GatheringNov 1:
8th Annual Gathering at the Museum of N. Arizona.
Browse galleries, meet artists, listen to live music. 6pm.First Stop First Friday
Canyon Movement Dance performance.Opera Scenes at NAUNov 9:
Student ensemble series at Ardrey Auditorium.Twelfth NightNov 14-23:
NAU Theatre performs William Shakespeare's play.Student Art ExhibitNov 24:
Student art show at Coconino Community College.It's a Wonderful LifeNov 28 - Dec 21:
Theatrikos presents the heartwarming tale just in time for the holidays.
|Flagstaff Cultural Partners (FCP) is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to enhance the spectrum and quality of cultural experiences available to residents of and visitors to our community. FCP manages the Coconino Center for the Arts with support from Coconino County. At the Center, FCP hosts art exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops and more. The Center is also available for use by private parties and groups for events.
FCP also manages the Art & Science Fund in partnership with the City of Flagstaff. Each year, over a quarter million dollars from the City's Bed, Board and Beverage (BBB) Tax is distributed through FCP's grant program to arts, cultural and science organizations that provide public programs for the benefit of Flagstaff residents and visitors.
Visit our website to support these public programs with a tax deductible contribution online.
|Flagstaff Cultural Partners Leadership
FCP Board of Directors
PO Box 296
2300 N. Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86002
Directions to the Center
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| October 2008
Night Visions III
opened this past weekend. With over 400 people in attendance throughout the night, it was a truly enjoyable party. One of the great things about these receptions at the Coconino Center for the Arts is that you get to see so many friends who you haven't seen since... well, since the last reception.
That social atmosphere, with the music, food and drink, makes for a fun event, but it can be challenging to really explore the artwork in detail. Thankfully, Night Visions
remains open at the Center through November 6. Stop by and see again, or for the first time, this fantastic collection of artwork.
If you missed the reception, we have posted a few photos of the good times, below in this newsletter.
|The Dark Side of the Moon|
Dancing to the Music of Pink Floyd
by Elizabeth Vogler
What happens when you combine Middle Eastern-style dance with the music of Pink Floyd? Your guess is as good as ours... but we're going to find out Saturday night.
On Saturday, October 4th, 2008 at 8:00 P.M. at the Coconino Center of the Arts, Flagstaff's Middle Eastern and Modern Dance Community will be presenting a "non-traditional" Middle Eastern Tribute of Dark Side of the Moon
. This performance was chosen to celebrate Dark Side of the Moon's
35th year anniversary.
Pamela Hopkins, of local dance troupe the Gypsy Chicks, says about
Middle Eastern Dance: "It was originated by women for women. We are
always striving for more. We test the boundaries of learning and push
ourselves to try new things."
She hopes to draw an audience interested in Dark Side of the Moon
and introduce their dancing styles and fun attitude to new people.
They like to "do things that separate them from other troupes in the
area." This will be a new and exciting performance that is not to be
The program is presented in collaboration by Flagstaff Cultural Partners, the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition, and NAU's Program in Community, Culture and Environment. The performance is a part of special events series for the Night Visions III Program at the Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are available at www.culturalpartners.com, by phone at 928-779-2300, or at the Coconino Center for the Arts.
~~~~~For more information, and to purchase tickets for this performance, please visit our website and to learn more about Flagstaff's Middle Eastern and Modern Dance Community, check out the Gypsy Chicks online or call 928-607-1951.
October Artist Profile: Paula Rice
by Elizabeth Vogler
Throughout human history, different cultures have named and attempted to personify the stars, planets, and solar systems. Ceramic artist, Paula Rice, focuses her artwork on a similar goal.
"I'm doing something that the human spirit has done since the beginning of time: giving spirits to these planets," she says. Rice believes humans have attempted to personify the stars because we have a need to understand the greater universe. Without much information, people have done their best to make sense of the universe within their own lives. She says that making art about the planets and the universe is "the only way I can imagine a reality incomprehensively vast and bring it down to my own size."
Rice's current series is the "Planet Project." She is working on 9 figures, each one representing a planet. Using "figurative interpretations of space and the solar system," Rice makes each figure depict the specific planet by imitating the surface, the number of moons, and the elements that are known on the given planet.
Two of Rice's planets will be shown in the Night Visions III Exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Venus and Saturn are represented, while all 9 will be shown next year in a special exhibition held at Lowell Observatory (Venus with Asteroid, pictured at left, won the Jury's First Prize in Night Visions III). "I am more honored and excited to show in Flagstaff than anywhere in the world," she says. "Flagstaff equals planet city to me."
Her figure of Venus not only represents the planet as literally as possible, featuring lava spills and a red eye depicting the overbearing heat and hostility, but also plays on the artistic history of depictions of Venus. Acknowledging the way that the Venus has been portrayed in sculpture, of man's perception and expectation of woman, Rice portrays her Venus as a powerful female and in doing so, imparts hostility towards the historical representation of a passive female Venus. Although Rice maintains the classic Venus gaze, this look is not inviting nor welcoming; instead it is a much more threatening gaze. Rice is taking back specific imagery that she feels has worked to improperly define the female gender as passive and subjected, in order to find many new and powerful forms.
She has always made art that plays with the relationship of humans and the elements. Currently working with planetary elements, Rice has previously looked at the relationship with Earthly elements. For example, in a Fire Series, Rice considered how fire can be uncontrollable and terrifying, but also "purifying, transformational, visually fluid, and beautiful". In her artwork, Rice tends to "relate our bodies to the planet we are on; our bodies are our own planet". Working with clay is like working with the earth. "Clay is the perfect thing to make figures out of. It is silent and soft, like flesh". Rice sees her sculpture as being related to the elements both literally and metaphorically.
Rice (pictured left of Elizabeth Vogler, in front of her work, Saturn) has been with the NAU Art Department for 21 years, and is currently the head of the Ceramics Department. She says teaching is "tremendously important. It is a positive and fundamental source of energy." Rice says she learns so much from her students and expressed the importance of "sharing a love of art with young people."
Rice's work will be on display from September 27 through November 6 in the Night Visions III Exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Considering her interest in the solar system and the possibility of life out there, Rice claims: "It was mandatory that I enter into this show."
To view more of Paula Rice's work, check out her website, and to contact send her an email.
|In Celebration of Night
|Night Visions Opens with its own Big Bang
Night Visions III is a collection of artwork that seeks to explore and celebrate the night sky and the deep, positive connection that human beings have with the nighttime.
The exhibition opened with a Reception on Saturday, September 27, with over 400 people in attendance. Here's a few photos from a great night...
The gallery before it fills with happy patrons. The three glass vases, by George Averback, won the Jury's Grand Prize.
From left to right: Tamara Ramirez (from NAU's Program in Community, Culture and the Environment), Jillian Asplund, Elizabeth Vogler, and Robin Cadigan from Flagstaff Cultural Partners, and Paula Rice, the artist who won the Jury's First Prize and is featured in this newsletter.
The Night Visions III Reception at its peak with a full house. Over 400 people came to see the exhibition Saturday night.
A patron checks out the installation
Starhenge, which shows the vision of artist S.D. Nelson and astronomer Chris Luginbuhl: a Stonehenge-like work of art they hope to install at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff.
FCP Gallery Director, Jillian Asplund, basks in the glow of another successful exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts.
Night Visions III is
presented in partnership by NAU's Program on Community, Culture and the Environment; Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition; and Flagstaff Cultural Partners.
|Soundscapes of Wonder
|An Interview with Steve Roach
World-renowned ambiant space music master, Steve Roach, has chosen the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona, for his only live performance of 2008. Roach has dedicated over three decades of work to crafting his unique sound - what he calls "soundworlds."
Recognized worldwide as one of the leading innovators of contemporary electronic music, his body of work is approaching 75 solo and collaborative releases since 1981.
Many of Roach's early works have stood the test of time, drawing a new generation of fans who are only beginning to discover the vast territory of sonic innovation of this uncompromising artist. In a 2002 poll of national music professionals by New Age Voice magazine, selecting the "25 Most Influential Ambient Albums of All Time", Steve Roach was honored with two classic recordings in the top 5: Dreamtime Return was #2, and Structures From Silence was #4.
Steve Roach performs Deep Sky Dreaming at the Coconino Center for the Arts on October 25, 2008. For tickets and more information, visit our website.
Our own Jillian Asplund sat down with Steve Roach recently to capture a glimpse into what drives this wholly unique artist.
JA: How would you describe your music to someone unfamiliar with your work?
SR: My music is born from a deep connection to a life long connection and fascination with the power of sound, a place that lives before music. I often refer to what I create as soundworlds as opposed to music. I draw much inspiration from the sounds that occur in the natural as well human world. The sounds you might hear within your imagination when seeing a vast expanse, the sound that rises from stillness both in the natural world and though a more focused and directed inner state, this is where I dwell and where my art emerges from.
I create much of my work the way a painter works in the studio, long hours of solitary time in direct contact with the colors, shapes, emotions and textures that becomes alive in the moment and captured as part of the process. This
sometimes occurs spontaneously and other times over a longer period of days and weeks. Another way to enter into this world for new-comers, especially in the live setting is think of it as kind soundtrack of discovery presented in seamless journey through a variety of sonic spaces. Since the theme for this experience I am presenting in Flagstaff is Deep Sky Dreaming, the focus will be on infinite, expanded sonic states of wonder and mystery. If you have never
heard this kind of "music" live it can be very powerful, perhaps in the way a dynamic soundtrack in film can stir the soul, in this setting without the film, the imaginary is provided by the listener, with a little help from me. Immersive is another word to describe the experience.
JA: Who are your personal influences?
SR: At this point after 30 years in the deep end of the soundcurrent the influences are vast, before "who" it would have be "what are my influences." This returns to the natural world and interfacing with earth and sky from a
young age. Starting with many formative experiences in the environs of Southern California and Arizona, The desert landscape has been a constant source of inspiration and touchstone since childhood, the Anza Borrego desert outside San Diego where I grew up, Joshua Tree Monument and Sedona were places that held a sense of sacred ground which I first experienced in the early 1960's during road trips with my folks. I still have vivid memories of Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon in Monsoon season in 1965! Fast forward to my extensive travels within the outback of Australia and it all feels connected to the feeling that draws me in and wants to be expressed through sound. In terms of people, The French Surrealist painter Yves Tanguy was (even more than Dali) the first artist of any medium whom made deep resonation's for me and still does today. I find inspiration more than influence in many people, quite often non musical, Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, David Cronenberg, Mark Rothko, Jon Hassell, Klaus Schulze, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Edward Abby, Stanislav Grof, Terrence Mckenna, the list can go on and on of inspirations who have that sense of life and pioneering spirit fully engaged.
JA: How do you keep your music fresh?
SR: Since my music is drawn from life and an engagement with the ephemeral nature of things its never something I really consider, fresh or stale. My way of life in the creative mode and beyond is experienced with a connection to an essential point of being. Does this move me at a core level? As long as the connection to this point is maintained and respected, the flow runs.
JA: How do you bridge the ancient and modern worlds in your music?
SR: I am at home playing the 40,000 year-old Didgeridoo and placing it in the middle of today's technology. To me the connection with these primordial instruments that naturally hold a connection in the Dreamtime, to the origins of ancestral memories and blending them with today's instruments and sonic landscape hold the equal power in a shamanic sense. This is part of the recipe for this time shifting experience that quickly and thankfully moves beyond
intellectual and the linear confines of mental logic.
JA: Where is the future of ambient music headed?
SR: It's wide open and ever expanding at best. The diversity of what seemed like disparate sounds and styles are continuing to be added to the soup creating new forms and combinations. While there is so many sub gene's in "Ambient" music, the internet culture and the many on line radio stations are providing a healthy and natural place for this music and these soundworlds to live and find the audience. In the early days college radio and a few syndicated shows like Hearts of Space and Totally Wired were the main places you could hear music off the map. Now with iTunes, internet radio like SomaFM, Satellite radio and so on its an exciting for hearing this music. It just requires a bit of an adventurous sense of discovery to go after it online.
JA: This will be your only concert of 2008, any tricks up your sleeve?
SR: I will be as fully present as I can to the possibilities of the night and inviting a collaboration with the unknown... I invite the audience to meet me here.
*Special thanks to Dean Bonzani for his help with this article.
|Step Into the Arts
|The Coconino Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers for its programs, events and facility this fall. Volunteers can work based on their own schedule and participate on a one-time basis, or sign up for several opportunities over the course of the season.
Coconino Center for the Arts Seeks Volunteers
Volunteer Opportunities Available:
- Exhibition Installation Assistant
- Usher - concerts
- Server - concerts and exhibitions
- Office Assistant
- Event Archivist
Active volunteers receive free admission to many concerts, events and other activities at the Coconino Center for the Arts. You'll be giving back to the community and working alongside other art-supporters who value your contribution to our mission. Best of all, we have a lot of fun!
- Or tell us your talents! We can match your skills to meet CCA needs.
Interested individuals should contact JT at the Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300, or by email.
Flagstaff Cultural Partners' programs are made possible in part by a partnership with the City of Flagstaff, with funding from Bed, Board and Beverage (BBB) Revenues.